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Great hike, will be doing this one again!

good hike its 8.8 according to Strava and tons of Rocks the whole way but the juice is worth the squeeze on a hot day

Went on a Wednesday afternoon and wasn't too crowded. Started at 3 and was back to my car at 6:30. I had my Golden Retriever with me so we stopped a few times for him to cool off in the creek. Would definitely recommend going left at the fork if hiking with a dog, lots of water. Coming back the other way around the loop the trail is completely dry. My dog is a strong swimmer, but crossing the river made me pretty nervous. Current was much stronger and deeper than it appeared. Overall an afternoon well spent!

on Abiqua Falls Trail

3 days ago

Getting to trail not very easy. End part of road is gravel and rock. Parts of the road is only wide enough for one car! A cool figure is the going down and up with the help of ropes tied to trees. Once down, very rocky trail to waterfall. Could bring water shoes and wade through freezing river! Awsome waterfall!

off road driving
3 days ago

The waterfall was very difficult to find unless you use the provided map on this app. The off-roading was amazing but not suitable for every car. It is a very bumpy ride. The trail that leads to the waterfall is also tricky to find however the map makes it easy so do not attempt this trail without the map. There is no service so make sure to download the map before hand. The trail is not an easy trail!!! The waterfall was one of the most beautiful waterfalls I haver ever seen. The trail has to be hiked and can not be driven to so make sure to bring water and proper shoes. 100% recommend to anyone.

Great trail, lots of shade

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike! Be prepared to drive over five miles on a gravel road to get there; our rental SUV was just the ticket. Parking could be an issue on the weekend, we saw about 20 cars there on a Tuesday. Although we weren’t alone, we didn’t feel that it was too crowded by any means.
Just before two miles, start looking to the right of the trail. When you see a bunch of old rusty machinery, follow your ears to the right to get to the first swimming hole, a beautiful waterfall with clear, cool pools beneath. It’s a steep scramble to get down but totally worthwhile. Two tenths of a mile further, the path forks at a sign. Both trails end at the Opal Pool, another beautiful swimming hole. The left fork is about 1.1 miles and goes through an old mining town (now an educational center) and the right fork goes through forest on a steep and narrow path. There is a sign on the right fork which states that it is 1.3 miles to Opal Pool, but it is really much farther. Keep walking until you see the bridge, and if you want you can return the other way in which you came.
Loved it and and will come back.

hiking
4 days ago

I read all the reviews and tried to do all my homework before going. We were following our gps but then the trail went dead. We printed out the reviews with directions, which helped out sooo much! We kept going down the sketchy gravel rocky road and kept going. And after what seemed like a forever drive, We finally arrived at the white gate! From the white gate the hike down to the creek was not hard at all. Almost missed the first set of ropes. And the ropes at the end with the log was a great assist. Pictures really doesn’t do this waterfall justice. The pictures are pretty but seeing it in person is something else! Something about that place captured my heart! I did not want to leave, it was so hard for me to turn my back away!

We arrived there early 6:30-7 on a Friday and we were there for at least an hour and we had had the whole place to ourselves.

Yes you have to walk up a gravel road to explore the waterfalls but only when the road to the campground is closed - November through May. Otherwise you can drive to the campground & take a short hike to see Shelburg Falls. There are a lot more trails to the south & east of the campground that you can explore. Check out the trail map on the Santiam State Forest website. Many of these trails are multi use & frequented by mountain bikers but we can all enjoy them if we use proper trail etiquette. It’s now possible to connect to Silver Falls trail through the network of trails at Shelburg.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome hike filled with nature beauty of mountains, woods and pools.

Great hike. The river crossing was relatively easy. Beautiful Hood view at that spot. If you go left after the river to make it a loop, it's definitely longer. So if you want a (slightly) shorter option, stay right. The falls are really cool - very pretty.

By far my favorite waterfall in OR! Breath taking and plan on coming back to see it again!

hiking
8 days ago

Large parking lot that was pretty full by 12 pm. Not that much scenery on the trail but the waterfall made up for it.

hiking
8 days ago

We started early...saw no one on our way to the pools. Beautiful hike the whole way....water was cold but nice for the kids and dog to play in before heading back.

This trail has so many rocks. The rocks not sturdy. It’s actually a 10 miles hike. Not 7...... so many rocks! Wear sturdy shoes! It’s a long hike. BUT.... the waterfall is amazing! Beautiful!

It was a nice family outing, but most of the hike was walking a gravel road between cow pastures.

beautiful at the end. there are multiple starting points. you can park at top in ATV area and take road down walking or drive down closer and park along the road. there us small space at end by actual trailhead. most of hike is along undeveloped gravel road.

Awesome views, on the easy side of moderate. Crossing the creek is somewhat difficult, but there are many logs to cross on.

It's a great waterfall all right, and you can swim in the big pool below it, but it really is challenging to get to. The road (couple miles) off a pretty smooth gravel road is very rough to the trailhead, which is close to the end of the road and a gate that blocks it. Had no trouble in my Subaru Forester, but went slowly and took the potholes carefully. Parked by the white gate at the end. The trail starts about 50 yards back from the gate and small parking area. The trail is clear enough but both rough and very steep. Ropes along it are helpful going down and back up. The trail along the river is very rocky. Go left upstream when you get down to the river. The deep bowl with the waterfall into it is very striking.
There are plenty of waterfalls in Oregon that are as beautiful and dramatic as Abiqua. For me, doing it once was an adventure, but probably too much trouble to repeat.

the bridge is washed out and I wouldn't recommend taking dogs. unless they can walk across trees to cross the water.

Pretty Hike. The trail starts from the parking area and begins with a mile or so of gravel. We turned left when we got to the first sign of a waterfall and went up the stairs to Shellburg falls (upper). We continued on towards the campground. When we got to the campground, we stayed left and continued on the gravel road until we found the path again. The signage is a little lacking, but we had some cell service to keep our GPS map updated. If you are looking for a great place to eat your snacks, we enjoyed the picnic table at the end of the 4 mi. loop before embarking back down the gravel road to the parking lot.

I've been on this hike many times and it takes some exploring to find the hidden gems. There is a narrow unmarked trail just past what looks like a mini Christmas tree farm. It is somewhat overgrown, but if you stay to the right at the first split and continue on you'll skip almost all the road. When you do pop back out you'll see the Santiam State forest sign right across the road. Shellburg Falls trail is just ahead and you miss nothing by taking this side trail. Stassel Falls is harder to find because it is completely unmarked. If you pass the SF trail and walk up the road it turns to the left and climbs the hill. Don't go left, keep walking straight ahead and you will find the trail to Stassel. It's a little dangerous (long way to the bottom) when you get close to the falls be cautious with your kids and pets.

on Ramona Falls Trail

hiking
11 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The waterfall more than makes up for the almost constant uphill approach.
It seems like everyone prefers Ramona Falls trail #797 over PCT especially on the approach. The problem is the signage on the trail. At the 3-way junction where the loop part starts (about a mile from the parking lot and after you cross the river) we thought we were going on Ramona Falls Trail if we go straight because the arrows were pointing that way. Not so. You have to turn left. I've uploaded a few pics of the junction and the signage.

hiking
11 days ago

On the border of easy to moderate but very pretty hike!

hiking
12 days ago

awesome hike, pretty views.. i would say the more on the easy side of moderate. only challenge is crossing the river but it’s low enough right now it wasn’t an issue.

Gorgeous- that is the only word i can say. Worth it to go.

discovered this over 20 years ago and it never gets old. first time walked 3 miles past the old gate (now a newer, more secure gate) just for fun not knowing the falls were just a bit off in the other direction. very sad to see trash left at and around the trailhead this spring. keep this up and we will all have to hike down from crooked finger rd. maybe that will deter those trashy people from even showing up. the ropes were a nice addition though as it can be a bit slick in the extra rainy season.

Very busy on the weekends, but beautiful view at the top. totally worth it.

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